A saliva sample taken from NRL star Sam Burgess, after he was pulled over on his way to pick up his two children, has been confirmed as having traces of cocaine, the Daily Mail has confirmed.
The 32-year-old was subjected to a random roadside drug test after being pulled over by highway patrol officers in the Southern Highlands about 1.30pm on Monday, February 22. Burgess had been on his way to collect daughter Poppy and son Billy from Bowral, about 8km away, when police stopped his BMW X5 on the Hume Highway at Braemar.
Tests by the New South Wales Forensic and Analytical Science Service detected a low level of the drug in the retired forward’s blood system. Despite that, Burgess has not been accused of driving under the influence of cocaine, only with the less serious offence of having the drug present in his blood.
A preliminary test detected signs of cocaine in his saliva and Burgess was taken to Southern Highlands police station where a secondary oral fluid test was undertaken. That test has now returned positive to cocaine.
Burgess and his lawyers will aim to defend the former South Sydney star by remonstrating that the concentration of cocaine was so low it would not have hampered his ability to drive, or risked the safety of his children. His lawyers will aim to use the stress of a breaking marriage and ending career as mitigating factors.
Burgess is currently competing in the second season of SAS Australia, the top-rating Channel Seven TV series which puts contestants through a modified special-forces selection regime.